Conspiracy theories have been with us for decades, and some have persisted (and developed) longer than others. In recent years, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, some new theories have also emerged.
NEWSWEEK He compiled a list of new theories that have already been refuted by science.
Do Vaccines Make You Magnetic? A theory has been circulating since the start of the pandemic that one of the effects of the antiviral vaccines is that the human body becomes magnetized.
This misinformation was spread in part through videos posted on social media. In these cases, vaccinated people stick metal objects, such as coins or magnets, to their arms and claim that the vaccine causes this effect.
One version of the theory claims that magnetism was added to vaccines to circulate their components throughout the body.
This conspiracy theory has been widely disproved. Vaccines do not contain metals or anything that produces a magnetic field, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Karl Fichtenbaum, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, told The Associated Press that if there was any chance that vaccines generate some kind of magnetism, it stemmed from early experiments.
Does 5G cause COVID-19? This is another conspiracy theory related to covid-19. Its essence is that the 5G mobile signals transmitted by the new 5G towers are the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This theory adds that towers can cause Covid-19 by weakening the immune system and spreading SARS-CoV-2 through radio waves.
This is “absolutely insane,” Dr Simon Clark, professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, told the BBC last April. He added that the human immune system can be affected by all kinds of elements such as fatigue or poor nutrition.
In addition, 5G radio waves are at the lower end of the electromagnetic spectrum and are less powerful than light or sunlight. They are not strong enough to destroy cells.
Do wind farms cause cancer? This is not a conspiracy theory per se, but rather a claim promoted in part by former US President Donald Trump. During a 2019 GOP fundraiser, Trump said, “If you have a windmill near the house, congratulations, your property value is down 75 percent. And they say noise causes cancer.”
In 2019, the American Cancer Society announced New York times He was not aware of “any reliable evidence linking windmill noise to cancer”.
The negative effects of farms have sparked controversy with the advent of the informal term “wind turbine syndrome”. This is presumably indicative of symptoms such as lack of sleep and mental fatigue experienced by those who live less than two kilometers from the wind turbines. According to VeryWellHealth, this syndrome has not been recognized as a true disease.
In a report published in 2014 in the magazine Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine It was found that epidemiological studies showed “an association between living near wind turbines and inconveniences such as irritability and mood swings”. But it was added that, based on a critical review of other reports, “there is no clear or consistent association between wind turbine noise and any indication of harm to human health.”
Will the Pentagon develop a microchip to detect Covid-19? In early 2021, the US Department of Defense was allegedly developing a chip to detect the coronavirus. This is supposed to be injected into the body, which raises fears of Orwell’s nightmare.
Many of the allegations arose from comments made by Matt Hepburn, a military doctor who worked for the US Advanced Research Projects Agency. Hepburn once told CBS she had been ordered to “remove the epidemic from discussion.” Instead, they asked him to analyze research projects, such as a sensor that uses a light signal to indicate the presence of disease.
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Hepburn said NEWSWEEK That meeting him caused confusion and that “there is no chip, no electronic device, nothing of the sort”. That is, however, the technology will not be able to tell people if they have covid-19.
In fact, the technology was a hydrogel that could react if you felt an increase in lactate concentrations in the subcutaneous tissue. Hepburn explained that this could indicate that someone was about to fall ill. In short, it was not a microchip to detect the Covid-19 virus.
Have humans ever lived on Mars and destroyed it? This theory was suggested by a TikTok video that garnered hundreds of thousands of views and ‘likes’.
The theory does not hold in part because of the relevant timelines. Fossils of the first humans found in Africa are between 6 and 2 million years old, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Meanwhile, the wet past of Mars happened billions of years ago.
Also, Mars is red because its surface is covered with iron oxide, also known as rust, not nuclear dust.
as Report published in 2004 by temper nature, The presence of rust on the surface of Mars is due to the fact that the temperatures are not high enough. This prevented the iron oxide from melting and merging with the planet’s core, which it did on Earth. n
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